History Highlights

1860 – The Pony Express launches, with horse and rider relay teams simultaneously leaving St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California as part of a new effort to speed up U.S. mail delivery. 

1948 – President Harry S. Truman signs the Economic Recovery Act of 1948 — later known as the Marshall Plan — which would foster the recovery of war-torn Europe. 

1968 – Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction classic, “2001: A Space Odyssey” — regularly voted as one of the greatest movies ever made, but whose philosophical meaning most fans cannot explain — opens in theaters around the U.S.

1968 – Another sci-fi classic opens at U.S. theaters. It’s “Planet of the Apes,” starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter and Maurice Evans. It’s the story about an astronaut crew that crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes rule and humans are oppressed and enslaved.

1974 – More than 140 tornadoes rip through 11 states within 16 hours. The “Super Tornado Outbreak” kills 330 people and injures more than 6,000 others.

1978 – At the 50th annual Academy Awards, Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” wins the Oscar for Best Picture, beating out George Lucas’ “Star Wars.”

1986 – IBM unveils its first laptop computer. The 5140 “Convertible” retails for $1,995 and weighs 13 pounds.

1996 –  FBI agents arrest accused Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski at his rural Montana cabin. Kaczynski was linked to 16 mail bombs that killed three people and injured 23 others during an 18-year period.

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The Definitive Collection

The Temptations

Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan

Elaine M. Hayes

The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War

Benn Steil

2001: A Space Odyssey

Starring Douglas Rain, Frank Miller and Keir Dullea, and directed by Stanley Kubrick

On The Waterfront

Starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb, and directed by Elia Kazan

Trading Places

Starring Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy and Denholm Elliott, and directed by John Landis

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Rock Around The Clock

Bill Haley

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (A Collection)

The Buckinghams

Academy Awards: The Complete Unofficial History

Gail Kinn & Jim Piazza

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

Pulp Fiction

Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman, and directed by Quentin Tarantino

Sixteen Candles

Starring Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall, and directed by John Hughes

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The Best Of The O'Jays: Love Train

The O’Jays

The Ultimate Bee Gees

Bee Gees

Lunar Impact: The NASA History of Project Ranger

R. Cargill Hall

Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the "Exxon Valdez" Disaster

Angela Day

Bullitt

Starring Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bisset, and directed by Peter Yates

DK Biography: Harry Houdini: A Photographic Story of a Life

Vicki Cobb

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The Definitive Collection

The Temptations

Aladdin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Various artists

The Great Depression: A Diary

Benjamin Roth

Walter Cronkite: His Life and Times

Doug James

Here's Johnny! My Memories of Johnny Carson, the Tonight Show, and 46 Years of Friendship

Ed McMahon

The Princess Bride

Starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon and Robin Wright, and directed by Rob Reiner

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Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Power To The People - The Hits

John Lennon

Friendship 7: The Epic Orbital Flight of John H. Glenn, Jr.

Colin Burgess

The Postal Age: The Emergence of Modern Communications in Nineteenth-Century America

David M. M. Henkin

Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs

Ansel Adams

To Sir, With Love

Starring Sidney Poitier, Christian Roberts and Judy Geeson, and directed by James Clavell

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Elv1s: 30 #1 Hits

Elvis Presley

52nd Street

Billy Joel

Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

Neal Gabler

A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown

Julia Scheeres

Big

Starring Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins and Robert Loggia, and directed by Penny Marshall

Midnight in Paris

Starring Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody and Carla Bruni, and directed by Woody Allen

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Woody Guthrie: This Land is Your Land

This first volume in the historic reissues of Woody Guthrie’s Smithsonian recordings is one of the finest. The folk legend’s voice and verbal brilliance were at their peak in the 1940s, and songs like “Do-Re-Mi,” “Jesse James” and “Jesus Christ” continue to influence songwriters many decades later.

The Cars: Complete Greatest Hits

This is a collection of 20 of The Cars’ most popular tracks between 1978 and 1987. This quintessential new wave band produced a unique sound clearly shows with the opener and classic “Just What I needed” and many other tracks, including “My Best Friend’s Girlfriend,” “Good Times Roll,” “You’re All I Got Tonight” and “Moving in Stereo.”

The Dick Van Dyke Show

Trip into the living room of comedy writer Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) along with his lovely wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), his wisecracking co-workers and his nutty neighbors. Consistently ranked among the top TV comedies of all time and renowned for its top-notch cast and stellar writing, this groundbreaking series is presented fully restored and uncut!

The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson

The definitive account of the O. J. Simpson trial, “The Run of His Life” is a prodigious feat of reporting written by one of the foremost legal journalists of our time, Jeffrey Toobin. First published less than a year after the infamous verdict, Toobin’s nonfiction masterpiece tells the whole story, from the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman to the ruthless gamesmanship behind the scenes of “the trial of the century.”

The Very Best of Chubby Checker

This is a must-have collection for any Chubby Checker fan, packing chart-topping dance hits such as “Let’s Twist Again,” “Pony Time,” “Limbo Rock,” “Slow Twistin'” and “The Twist,” which topped the charts in 1960 and again the following year (the only recording to reach No. 1 during two separate chart runs) and can still be heard on dance floors today.

Sin City

Straight from the pages of Frank Miller’s hip series of graphic novels, Bruce Willis stars as a cop with a bum ticker and a vow to protect a sexy stripper (Jessica Alba); Mickey Rourke as an outcast misanthrope on a mission to avenge the death of his one true love (Jaime King); and Clive Owen as Dwight, the clandestine love of Shellie (Brittany Murphy), who spends his night defending Gail (Rosario Dawson) and her Old Town girls from a tough guy (Benicio Del Toro) with a penchant for violence.

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Revolver

The Beatles

Some Girls

The Rolling Stones

Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters

Marilyn Monroe

Risky Business

Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca DeMornay and Joe Pantoliano, and directed by Paul Brickman

The Imitation Game

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and Mark Strong, and directed by Morten Tyldem

Solid Gold Hits

Beastie Boys

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Rumours

Fleetwood Mac

Flashdance (Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)

Irene Cara, Donna Summer, Michael Sembello and other artists

The Fun of It

Amelia Earhart

Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space

Lynn Sherr

Life Itself: A Memoir

Roger Ebert

Cousins

Starring Ted Danson and Isabella Rossellini, and directed by Joel Schumacher

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The Essential Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

Aretha Franklin

Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII

Deborah Cadbury

The People's Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited

Louisa Lim

Lonesome Dove

Larry McMurtry

Some Like It Hot

Starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, and directed by Billy Wilder

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